Federal regulations require that all students make satisfactory academic progress in a program of study to maintain eligibility for financial aid. SAP requirements are different for Undergraduate and Graduate students. View the separate policies below:
The information below applies to all students and should be reviewed.
To see how the SAP policy works, watch our SAP video.
SAP will be evaluated at the end of every semester, including summer. The first violation will result in the student receiving a warning. The second violation will result in loss of financial aid eligibility. All notifications will be sent to the student's official university email address.
Students will lose financial aid eligibility if they do not complete all of their coursework before the maximum timeframe allotted. Students will receive a notification when they get close to their limit.
Students are only given one warning for their entire career at CU Boulder, even if they did not receive financial aid during the semester they did not meet the minimum academic requirements.
If a student has extenuating circumstances that prevented them from making academic progress toward a degree, an appeal may be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as the student receives official notification or no later than 3 weeks before the end of the semester.
A complete appeal will include the following:
NOTE: To expedite your appeal, submit all documents together and be as detailed as possible in your personal statement.
CU Boulder has a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. Please be aware that if your appeal references sexual misconduct or protected class discrimination or harassment, the Office of Financial Aid is obligated to report allegations of this nature to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) in addition to considering your appeal on these grounds. OIEC may contact you in this case, but you are not required to respond if you so choose.
Each appeal will be reviewed by a committee. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on probation and will be eligible to receive financial aid for a period of one term and will be issued an academic plan by email. The academic plan will provide conditions the student is required to meet for that term.
If a decision is made to deny the appeal, the student may request a second review by the committee only if the student can provide new information and documentation that may have been omitted from the initial appeal. Decisions on second appeals are final. Third appeals are not accepted.
A student can regain financial aid eligibility by meeting the SAP standards or the conditions set forth in their academic plan.
Not all scholarships are subject to this appeal process. Contact the scholarship donor for specific requirements.
Scholarship recipients are also expected to meet SAP. In addition to SAP, a scholarship may have more rigorous requirements and/or a separate appeal process. Refer to your original scholarship award notification for specific requirements.
In the event a student fails to meet the SAP requirements, Scholarship Services will contact either the private scholarship donor or the university department to notify them. It is then their decision to determine if the student is still eligible for the scholarship. If the scholarship is cancelled, the student may appeal directly to the donor or department.
The following definitions apply to the terms used in this section: